Our Approach

The public health workforce is an effective, trusted partner to communities in addressing the social determinants of health and achieving health equity to create a nation where everyone can thrive.

We collaborate to strengthen and support the public health workforce through research, public engagement, advocacy, convening, and by creating learning opportunities.

- Center racial equity, social justice, and transformation
- Include diverse points of view
- Engage practitioners.
- Prioritize action over deliberation
- Make evidence-based decisions
- Take on tough challenges key to lasting progress

Our Approach

Download to share
  • Advancing Health Equity through the Workforce
    The public health workforce has an important role to play in advancing health equity, including collaborating with communities to address the social determinants of health, treating and supporting people in managing existing health challenges, and responding to urgent health crises.

  • Building Robust and Equitable Pathways in Public Health
    The governmental public health system should have the opportunity to recruit from a diverse pool of people who are aware of governmental public health, interested in joining the workforce, and are prepared with the knowledge, capabilities, experience, and commitment to health equity to partner effectively with communities.

  • Supporting Learning and Professional Development
    Achieving a strong workforce involves not only bringing in, retaining, and advancing excellent and diverse candidates, but also supporting learning and professional development throughout one’s career.

Support the public health workforce to become more diverse and inclusive, with the knowledge, insight, and structures they need to help their communities to overcome systemic barriers to health equity.

Strategy: Center health equity as we pursue our goals of improving recruitment and retention and supporting learning and professional development.

Strengthen public health departments’ capacity to recruit and retain a diverse, skilled public health workforce well-prepared to achieve health equity in their communities.


  • Inform federal agencies to strengthen and expand workforce programs that support state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health.
  • Strengthen plans for retaining people hired during pandemic into long-term jobs.
  • Review existing and support additional research on barriers to recruiting and retaining candidates from diverse backgrounds and with prior training in health equity.
  • Identify and focus on the most significant barriers to recruiting and retaining diverse, qualified candidates.
  • Support health department leaders in implementing equitable and innovative management practices and inclusive cultures.
  • Serve as resource for others leading efforts to improve infrastructure and technology, working conditions, size of the workforce, pay, and benefits.

Support diverse public health workforce to continue to learn and develop professionally throughout their careers, enabling them to respond to the unique and always-evolving needs of their communities.


  • Inform federal agencies to strengthen and expand federal workforce programs that support state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health.
  • Foster partnerships between hiring organizations, academic institutions, and other training providers and encourage alignment of incentives.
  • Ensure rural, Tribal, and territorial health departments receive targeted support and professional development.
  • Identify the most significant barriers for workers in accessing existing learning opportunities.
  • Support the field to move from health equity concepts to practical action.
  • Improve quality and responsiveness of public and philanthropic workforce development programs; ensure they are equitable.
  • Secure long-term funding to support public health workforce.
  • Call on leaders across multiple sectors to take meaningful action to advance health equity.
  • Shape narrative about the public health workforce, emphasizing value of health equity and need for governmental leadership and investment.
  • Ensure public health workforce influences decisions about organizational and public policy and practice.
  • Commit that our work as members reflects agenda of the Consortium as a whole.
Join Us

Join us to ensure the governmental public health workforce has the skills, resources, and support it needs to address the social determinants of health and achieve health equity.

Sign up to join a working group, recommend a resource, get updates, or ask a question.

Join Us

I joined the National Consortium because I am supportive of strengthening our nation's public health workforce. COVID-19 has taken a severe toll on our public health workforce, so it's even more important than ever that we come together on this important topic.

Kaye Bender, American Public Health Association

To address workforce issues, we need to work together. The National Consortium is serving to bring together representatives from a range of organizations and agencies committed to addressing the needs of the public health workforce.

Rita Kelliher, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

I hope the National Consortium will mobilize practitioners and policy makers to support and invest in workforce development across staff/levels in governmental public health agencies.

Monica Valdes Lupi, Kresge Foundation

Our Funders